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iWork '09 sales figures beat '08 by 50 percent

updated 12:50 pm EST, Wed December 30, 2009

Mac Box Set sales also high

iWork '09 has managed to outperform its predecessor this year, according to data collected by the NPD Group. Sales during the first 11 months of the suite's existence, between January and November, are said to have been 50 percent higher that those for iWork '08. By contrast, iLife '09 sales are said to be roughly on par with those for iLife '08.

Sales of the Mac Box Set are also described as doing well, not affecting NPD's iWork and iLife figures despite the suites being a part of the bundle. The cause of the Box Set's popularity is thought to be Mac OS X Snow Leopard, which has been a high seller for Apple as a solo product, mainly as a result of its $29 pricetag. Leopard was $100 more expensive at the time of its 2007 debut. The Snow Leopard Box Set is priced at $169.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Any absolute numbers?

    Could be that Apple sold 1000 copies last year and 1500 copies this year which doesn't amount for very much.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The significance here is...

    Not the increase in sales, but a great proportion of the buyers of iLife 09 would buy a new computer after they find that their existing computer really can't do the job.

  1. Chris Hutcheson

    Joined: Dec 1969



    My existing G5 handles iWork just fine. I think part of the reason for sales increases comes from those of us who don't have to ship a lot of our work to Office users and find Keynote significantly easier and better than powerpoint. I design and run training workshops, and Keynote and Pages are absolutely terrific for this kind of work.

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New Users

    Please don't forget New Mac Users...

    I was a bit dismayed when I heard MAC sales people steering users to iWork when they were looking for software compatible with MS Office. Although there is a great deal of compatibility, there are a lot of things that won't work (formatted tables, many Excel Data Functions, Powerpoint designs and effects...).

    I like iWork better for SOME things (Numbers cannot handle large amounts of data... and it's interface is a bit clunky...or I have a hard time getting used to it), but its graphing and layout is far superior.

    SO... new Mac users are being steered to iWork instead of Office, even if Office better meets their needs.

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